JENNIFER OHMAN-RODRIGUEZ, MDiv, MEd
Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez (she, her, hers) is the Rev-Elect at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rock Island, Illinois. As a writer, her work focuses on the intersection of trauma recovery and faith. Her first book, A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance: A Love Story of Grief, Trauma, Healing, and Faith, was published by Chalice Press. in 2022. Her magazine articles and essays appear in Bearings Online, Gather, The Christian Century, Young Children, Young Children and the Creative Arts, QC Family Focus, The Lutheran, The Lutheran Digest, Zoay, Books Make a Difference, The Living Lutheran, Faith+Lead as well as The Little Lutheran and The Little Christian. Ohman-Rodriguez also curates the Trauma Recovery Page at Compassionate Christianity and is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter. And, in the spring of 2023 she will be an adjunct instructor at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.
Ohman-Rodriguez’ extensive work in faith formation curricula, devotions, and worship resources is published by Augsburg Fortress, Sparkhouse, 1517 Media, and Westminster John Knox Press in the resources of Fed and Forgiven, Sundays and Seasons, Christ in our Home, Spark, Whirl, Frolic, Feasting on the Word Curriculum, and in leader sourcebooks accompanying the work the Dan Erlander. Jennifer also wrote prayers for the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
Prior to ministry, Ohman-Rodriguez worked in the early care and education field for twenty years. In 1993 she earned a Master of Education degree from the Erikson Institute for Advanced Studies in Child Development in Chicago, Illinois. During her career she taught in a variety of settings including childcare, traditional preschool, Head Start, and at the college level. She also directed a preschool program, worked as a teacher trainer, and developed an inclusive arts program for preschool-age children in Wisconsin. She is the co-creator and served as the first coordinator of Quality through Accreditation, an early care and education quality enhancement program based in the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities. Along with two other professionals she presented ideas for raising early care and education quality at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference (NAEYC) in 2007.
Before becoming an educator, Ohman-Rodriguez was a professionally trained musician with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez is the Rev-Elect as St John’s Lutheran Church in Rock Island, Illinois. Her first book, A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance: A Love Story of Grief, Trauma, Healing, and Faith, is published by Chalice Press. Ohman-Rodriguez is a frequent workshop presenter in trauma-informed spiritual care, worship, and also curates the Trauma Recovery Page at Compassionate Christianity. She holds master’s degrees in early child development and divinity.
I hold both belief and faith as existing together. My belief is in something far bigger than myself. So immense my imagination cannot fathom its greatness. It is almost unknowable, making a mystery of it all. In my Lutheran Christian tradition I name my belief as God as revealed in Holy Trinity: God, Jesus, and Spirit. My faith is in believing that at the very core of every molecule of creation God is and that God is love. My faith believes God as love and love as God live in us while we also live in God. When I sit with my faith in prayer, meditation, writing, scripture, and worship, God as love bubbles up within me flowing out into the world with delight.